Actor Tommy Chong, who gained fame from co-staring with Cheech Marin in the cult classic Cheech and Chong movies, will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday. This will be Chongâ€™s first national TV interview since being released from Federal Prison for selling Bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
Tommy Chong was arrested and indicted following a series of DEA raids in February 2003 as part of the Governmentâ€™s â€œOperation Pipe Dreamsâ€? crackdown on illegal drug paraphernalia. The crackdown involved at least 1200 officials, including hundreds of DEA agents, and at least 103 US Marshals. The operation led to 60 arrests. It occurred during an Orange Alert against terrorist attacks, and earned the headline â€œFight Al-Qada Bombs, Not Bongsâ€? from Scripps Howard columnist Deroy Murdock.
This week, the cover story of the leading conservative weekly, National Review, calls for an end to Americaâ€™s irrational marijuana prohibition. Written by Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nationâ€™s leading organization working to promote drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, the ground breaking article brings the debate over marijuana policy up to date, addresses all the claims made by prohibitionists, explains the role of medical marijuana in all this, and suggests the political process by which marijuana prohibition may ultimately end in this country.